Veteran hockey player finds the Gulf Coast.

by Sea Wolves Digital Media


BILOXI, MS- It’s every professional athlete’s dream to be able to play for their hometown team.

Austin Fetterly, a 7-year pro, and Port Huron native played the last 6 seasons in the FPHL for the Prowlers.

 In 2019-20, he had career highs in goals with 24, with a total of 51 points.  This season he played 18 games for the Prowlers, scoring 7 goals with 14 assists, and landed a call-up to the SPHL with the Pensacola Ice Flyers. 

“I started to play when I was around 3 or 4 years old. I was a huge fan of the Port Huron Bordercats of the United Hockey League.”, Fetterly said.

 “As a kid growing up in Michigan I never had a thought about hockey being as important to the people on the Gulf Coast as it is”, Fetterly added. 

We asked him about his time in Pensacola thus far. 

“I have been treated nothing short of excellence. The fans down here love their hockey and they make it very known. Plus it’s not every day you can walk out of the rink after a day of practice and walk to the beach with Summertime weather.”

 He talked about the major differences he has noticed between the FPHL and SPHL. 

“The biggest difference between the FPHL and SPHL would have to be the fan to athlete interaction. In the FPHL, there is definitely more of a connection between the players and the dedicated fans from post-game to public appearances”, Fetterly said.

 “The FPHL game is very fast and physical, as I’m sure the fans who showed up to the neutral site game took notice to. Guys go to war every night, not just for their teammates, but their loyal fans too.” Fetterly added. 

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